Despite the increase in wages and social benefits, the standard of living of the French has not improved in relation to inflation.
Since the start of the school year, the Minister of the Economy has affirmed several times that there is no impoverishment of French society. In a context of high inflation, these comments provoked a reaction. It all depends on the indicators you look at. Indeed, incomes have increased. The salaries of private sector workers increased by 4.6% in one year, while those of civil servants increased by 2.5% on average. Social benefits, for their part, were increased again by 1.6% in April 2023.
6 out of 10 French people say they have been in precarious circumstances
However, these figures must be put into perspective with inflation. According to associations, the standard of living of the French is not increasing. The number of people experiencing material and social deprivation represents 14% of French people and has never been so high in ten years. According to Secours Populaire, 6 out of 10 French people say they have been in a precarious situation. Finally, France is falling in the ranking established by the IMF for per capita income.